Dr. Hochberg, Dr. Abel, and your dentist may determine that you need a tooth extracted for any number of reasons. Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed; others may have advanced periodontal disease, or have broken in a way that cannot be repaired. Other teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth), or in preparation for orthodontic treatment or insertion of a complete denture.
The Extraction Process
At the time of extraction, the doctor will need to numb your tooth, jawbone and gums that surround the area with a local anesthetic. Additional forms of anesthesia are available, if needed, although they may require another appointment. During the extraction process you will feel a lot of pressure, but should not feel pain. If you do feel pain at any time during the extraction please let us know right away. We will stop what we are doing in order to make you more comfortable before completing your extraction.
Sectioning a tooth
Some teeth require sectioning, or drilling into pieces. This is a very common procedure done when a tooth is so firmly anchored in its socket or the root is curved and the socket can’t expand enough to remove it. The doctor simply cuts the tooth into sections then removes each section one at a time. Like any other field, there have been significant advances made in technology, as it applies to dentistry. One of these advances, the Piezosurgery unit is available in our office. This surgical instrument is used to create a less invasive and less traumatic approach to the removal of tooth roots. It can be used for many other indications in oral surgery as well.